Revolutionary becomings: Negritude's anti-humanist humanism [Book Review]

Human Studies 28 (3):231 - 249 (2005)
In this paper I establish an alliance between the thought of Frantz Fanon and Gilles Deleuze's Philosophy of Difference. In light of Fanon's critique of Sartre's characterization of the place of the Negritude movement in terms of dialectic, I point to the inherent limitations of modern humanism's dialectical accounts for enabling genuine historical change. Alternatively, I appeal to Deleuze's distinction between history and becoming, and his concomitant idea of intensive becoming-revolutionary. I conclude that such an alliance with Deleuzian metaphysics holds far greater promises for effecting Fanon's revolutionary project of the creation of a new humanity (and therefore, of a new ethics and a new politics) than his traditional assimilation to Phenomenology and Existentialism.
Keywords Philosophy   Philosophy   Modern Philosophy   Philosophy of the Social Sciences   Political Philosophy   Sociolinguistics
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DOI 10.2307/27642713
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G. Deleuze (2000). The Logic of Sense. Filosoficky Casopis 48 (5):799-808.
Frantz Fanon (1998). The Wretched of the Earth. In Emmanuel Chukwudi Eze (ed.), African Philosophy: An Anthology. Blackwell Publishers 228--233.

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